1. Description of Our Community
Taoyuan was the native home to Ketagalan tribe and was called Humaozhuang (Humao Village) before. After Han people settled down here, peach trees were extensively planted in the city. The place was called Taoziyuan (Peach Blossom Garden) because of the red peach blossoms everywhere during the flowering season.
Taoyuan City is one of the thirteen cities governed by Taoyuan County. There are many local attractions here, like Hutou Mountain, the Martyr’s Shrine. Taoyuan Tourist Night Market, our topic, is also one of the attractions in Taoyuan.
Our school, Taoyuan Elementary school, was called Taoyuan Common School during Japenese Occupation. It was the first school for Taiwanese students in Taoyuan, and was founded 144 years ago. It is a cradle for great local people. For example, the ex vice-president is one of our alumni.
Taoyuan Tourist Night Market is 1.8 kilometer from taoyuan Train Station. It takes you about 24 minutes to walk here from the train station, and you don’t even have to make a turn. According to Google Map, it takes you only eight minutes to drive straight to get here from the station. It’s a very convenient spot for tourists to explore.
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2. Summary of Our Project
TaoYuan Tourist Night Market is located on Jhong Jheng Road. It play an important role in local people’s everyday life. Our teammates have different impression of the night market. Once we decided the topic, every member was eager to reveal the veil of night market and introduce it to people from different places.
In order to successfully promote the night market, we discussed and made the plan: 1.collect information on Internet: Unfortunately, there were not an official website of the night market.
2.store census: we did a comprehensive store census and found out that some stores had no exact addresses. Some of the stores didn’t have business cards.
3.interview with the owners: we talked to the store owners at the night market. They thought that the government didn’t care about the night market.
4.visit the Old Street: we talked to the store owners on the Old Street and ask if they wanted to be included into the night market in the future.
5.interview with tourists: We designed a questionnaire to discover the popular food at the night market.
6.interview with Management committee: After the interview, we understood the members of the committee worked very hard for the welfare of all.
7.interview with Deputy Mayor Lu: We understood the government’s plan and policy on the night market. We also offered the result of our investigation to Tao Yuan City Government.
8.night market navi: We navigated the stores and food stands at the night market.
9.give away business cards: we designed business cards for some of the stores.
In this case study, we changed our roles from the consumers to researchers. After the research, we became a promoter. We hoped that people would learn more about the night market on our website and love to come here for the food and the amusement.
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3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We have the fiber channel linking to the government and outside.
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4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.Time: Most of our team members are fifth graders. We have a lot of work to do at school and after school. Even though we did the program during the winter vacation, everyone needed to go to different classes. During the Chinese New Year, everyone needed to stay home with their families. It was difficult for all of us to meet together.
2.Casual Vacancy One of our teammate dropped out because of her heavy homework. We were very lucky to have Tzu Ning taking the vacancy. We thought that five people in a team was better.
3.Communication Skill When we asked people to fill in the questionnaires, we ran into problems. Some people quit answering because they were in a rush, and the others just ignored us or told us to leave them alone. By finishing this program, we have learned how to communicate with people.
4.Facility Since we need to interview the venders and store owners, we took cameras with us. One time we ran of battery power and couldn’t take pictures.
5.Transportation We commuted from our school to the night market by Mr. Cheng’s car. It’s a small vehicle and there were six of us. Although it was crowded and kind of dangerous, we achieved our goal.
6.Weather We started our research at the end of November, and the weather at that time was rainy. Since the night market was open-aired, it was not easy to do our job on rainy days. The schedule was therefore delayed a lot.
7.Financial To finish this program, we bought a lot of things to do our field research. Thanks our parents for offering financial support.
8.Writing Skill We needed to write journals and reports after every field research. We needed better observing and writing skill to make them interesting and eye catching.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The teacher: Well, we did a great job that the County Government would do. Keep going, children.
Chung Hsiang: I didn’t have the chance to go to the night market until I joined the team. I understand that everyone is doing his or her best to get a better live.
Ai Chin: I often went to the night market before doing this program. Now I know more about its history and details. I have a clearer picture of it now.
Pei Ling: Although I have been to the night market for so many times, I didn’t realized that there were a lot of interesting places to go and many delicious food to eat in the market. Now I know the place better.
Tzu Ning: I am amazed at what I’ve learned about the night market. Even a very common food stand has its own history.
Kuo Wei: Even though the night market is not very popular, I’m sure it will be after our publicity.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.Which content standards did your Cyberfair project address? we started the research after learn the Social course, to rescue the old culture in our city by our little hand.
2. How did this project fit into your required school, district, or state curriculum guidelines? One of The goal of Our school is to improve the ability of using the computer. In 5th grade, students study how to paint pictures by computer software, and our research meets the goal.
3.What new skills did you learn? We learned performing the web site software to composite the web sites. we learned to communicate on the internet using the class web site. we learned how to use Dropbox to share the files.
4.What group concepts did you practice? We study together and stay in the school after class. We collect information, share our data by the internet, and make it better.
5.How do you better understand specific ideas? The late bird catches no worm, we have to get started quicklly. Be patient for the stores, they will respect to you.
6.How does your project fit into the requirements for your school or class? Because the computer class assignment needs designing the homework of the name card, and so we use it to help the week store to improve their business.
7.What discoveries did you make about your educational system? About the role you play in your school community? a. the Dropbox is what a convenient tool to help us deal the files. b. the night in the school is so terrible. c. Most of the bosses of the stores thought that the government do not pay much attention to C.K.S. night market. d. We can do more to help by our little hands.
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